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Microsoft - Kinect for Xbox 360 - Black

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The whole deal

    Posted
    TitaniumRat

    First off, I own all three next gen consoles; the Wii, the PS3 with Move, and now the Xbox 360 with Kinect. Here's the breakdown: The Wii has been around the longest and has a proven track record and hundreds of games already out. And it is just recently targeting the hardcore gamer. So now you have a few First Person Shooters to choose from. Aside from that, you have to have a controller that you have to change accessories on based on what you would like to do. The PS3 Move will soon have 24 games that work with the move controllers, a few of which are for hardcore gamers. It has been out a little over a month so this speaks well for the plans for the system. The controllers for the Move are very much like the Wii but you have to stay in range of the camera or you lose movement. The pricepoint on the controllers is quite high when you factor in that many of the games want 2 of the Move motion controllers and you'll want a navigation controller for a number of games. So to fully take advantage of the system for 2 players, you're going to spend as much as you did for the initial system. The Kinect is a single purchase and allows up to 2 players at a time. (Though the voice recognition will accept commands from anyone.) It's been out a whole 2 days now and will shortly have 22 games for it. It's a one time purchase for those two players so you know what you're getting into right away. And it allows controllers to be used at the same time as those players that are in the camera view. (And who's to say that Microsoft isn't developing navigation controllers specifically for the FPS crowd to use.) The camera uses facial recognition software so it sees when a player changes out and recognizes who that player is. This makes for some very seemless multiplayer as players step in and out of the game. (It's not foolproof yet but it IS impressive) Do not judge this controller by how it navigates the menus in the Dashboard. The interface there is slow and clunky but will hopefully get better with time. The gameplay though is pretty phenomenal for the 4 games I picked up. (It's evil... I've played three days in a row for several hours at a time and I'm soooo sore.) It does exactly what it was intended to do and that is get you up off the couch and moving. Unlike the other two systems, you cannot cheat with the Kinect and sit there on the couch with your motion controllers, you have to get up. The real downside is in the amount of room you need for the Kinect system. You can have as little as 3 feet for the Wii, as little as 5 for the Move, but you HAVE to have 9 feet for the Kinect. (I know, it says 6-10 feet but you wont be able to do much with 6 feet.) The play area you will need clean and clear from any obstructions is about 4 feet deep starting 6 feet away from the camera (the camera will track things that are 6 feet to 10 feet away.) and about 7-8 feet across. (This is for two players. You can get away with a smaller window for single player but you'll really want to play these games multiplayer.) This is brand new tech. Microsoft is listening to the players on a number of forums and working with developers in what they will need. I feel that the Kinect is the better overall system and has a lot more potential than the other two but only time will tell how things go. I know that I enjoy the heck out of it and look forward to being sore for the next few months as my body adjusts to the increased activity.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Addition for any Xbox

    Posted
    titan318i

    A week now with my Kinect and have to say I’ve been quite impressed. Here are my thoughts on it: Space: As everyone else has mentioned, 6 to 8 feet is pretty much a requirement. If you can’t accomate that, don’t even bother picking up. Lag: It occurs and I had some frustrating moments in certain games, like boxing on Sports. But 95% of the time it’s not an issue and some games like Dance and Evolved I barely ever notice any problems. Future games and software updates will hopefully make things work even smoother. Voice Commands: Works almost flawlessly, perfect in Zune, and hopefully will be added to Netflix, which can’t be controlled by Kinect yet. Also I can see potential for use with more hardcore games. Games: The 3 I have and the demos I’ve played have all been great, but they’re no replacement for COD or Halo. It’s hard to see these more complex games being used in this format, most likely small additions like voice commands will be added. There are a variety of other games out there, but from reviews, many are pretty subpar. So do some research when buying. Dashboard: Unfortunately you can’t control as much as Microsoft led us to believe. Very cool to use, but ultimately the controller is still a better option. Besides voice commands, those I like using a lot. Price: $150 is high, but when you take inconsideration that you do not have to buy additional controllers like with the Move and Wii, it’s not that bad. Competition: Though there are 3 options out there, this unit really seems to be a totally different experience from the Wii and Move. It’s pretty easy to say the Move is an improvement on the Wii and compare the two, but the Kinect has a totally different feel when using it. I’m a fan, but have to admit it may not have the accuracy that a Move would have to be used in what I typically play, FPS. I wouldn’t say this is a system switching worthy attachment, but a great addition for your xbox. Bottom line: I think this is a great buy, may not change your current type of games played but it will add a lot of new options. Though the price will drop eventually (I think they cost $56 to make), I still think its well worth the $150 to buy now. There’s huge potential with this and I’m glad Microsoft added something for the casual market and look forward to what else can be done. Also I should comment that a lot of the 1 star reviews seem to be from individuals who do not even own a Kinect and are just Sony or Nintendo fans, so be careful when reading through negative reviews and deciding to buy. There are definitely some faults, but some are being blown way out of proportion.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    In a league of it's own

    Posted
    Steelers2k5
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    Unlike some of the other reviewers, I actually own the Wii, MOVE, and Kinect. All 3 devices have their pros and cons but the Kinect is by far the most impressive. A few months ago I was blown away by the MOVE and mistakenly thought the folks at Microsoft couldn't possibly compete with it. But it only took a few minutes of playing Kinect Adventure to realize just how good the Kinect is. I still can't believe how accurate it is and how it's able to use your entire body as the controller. Whether your moving side to side or jumping and ducking to avoid things, the Kinect captures all of it with great precision, speed and accruacy. And unlike the Wii, you have to get off the couch to get in the game. A simple flick of the wrist even to play table tennis won't work. But that's what makes the Kinect so amazing. The MOVE is good but only for games where precision is key. Table tennis for the MOVE is better because of the way it senses the paddle's movement. You won't get that kind of accuracy using the Kinect but not a log of games demand that kind of accuracy. Another great comparison is beach volleyball. The MOVE feels scripted. In other words, you hold your controllers in various positions to perform the different moves. (serve, spike, dig, hit) But with the Kinect, it's more like a game of volleyball. You have to jump, swing your arms, and move around the court. And best of all, you'll wake up sore the next day just like you played volleyball for hours. As for the price, most reviews I read talk about Kinect's expensive price tag. I purchased both the MOVE and the Kinect this year and I can say the Kinect is a far better value than the MOVE. With the Kinect, you only need the one device. ($150) But with the MOVE, the initial bundle is $99 but it only comes with one controller. Some of the games require two MOVE controllers ($50 per contoller) and that's if your freinds don't play. For the new fighting game or some of the Sports Champion games, two controllers per person are required/recommended. By my calculation, that's $99 for the bundle and an additional $150 for the 3 other controllers. ($250 total) And I won't even mention the other MOVE stick controller I purchased to play resident evil. (another $40) Don't believe any of the negative reviews about the price, it's far cheaper than the MOVE unless you only intend to play single player games using only one MOVE controller. (right) Whatever you do, don't judge the Kinect based on reviews alone. If you own a 360 you need to experience the Kinect in person. It's unlike anything you've ever played before and it's a great value for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Forget the Haters, this is Gaming Evolution!

    Posted
    GamingGuru27

    I've had this device for a couple of days now and would like to clear up a few of the concerns that everyone seems to be having with the Kinect. First off, about 80% of negative reviews say this is gimmicky. Well I'm sorry I don't agree. If you're going to spend $150 on something, put a little research into what you're about to buy, don't just buy it and expect the thing to sprout legs and fetch you the remote. The characters in the Kinect Adventures are a bit cartoony, but what do you expect? It's a family game, get over it! The next major issue I see a lot of people complaining about is the lag. This did concern me when I first booted up the system and played without configuring it. Sure the system is going to be laggy before you calibrate it to your room and prepare the proper facial recognition settings. Stop hating on something you can't figure out how to use, and also, for god sake, set your television to game mode to reduce rendering lag. For those of you trying to compare this to Wii or Move, get a life. Seriously? How can you compare it? Both the Wii and Move recognize nothing but the link to the controller. The kinect is actually doing full body recognition, voice recognition, facial recognition, taking pictures of you while you play (much like a roller coaster), allowing me to stream content from ESPN 3 with the ability to pause, stop, play, record, rewind, and fast forward with just my voice, I mean if you have any sort of imagination you can see the possibilities for this device are almost limitless. Now for the game that comes with it, Kinect Adventures. I've been playing this for around 4-5 hours total and have found it to be a lot of fun. As soon as I shared it with my family and friends they were laughing along and having a great time, whether they were jumping in the rafts and riding the rapids or sitting on the sidelines cheering. Xbox has hit a home run with this technology and it's been worth the wait in my opinion. Anyone who's hating on this device doesn't have the intellect to understand how to use/configure it properly and should take it back so I don't have to listen to your complaining online. Thanks Xbox, Microsoft had to do something right!~

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant!!! Massive WOW factor!!!

    Posted
    sharkfoot

    I am very impressed with Kinect. I have been following it ever since it was introduced as Project Natal. And although it does not deliver on all it seemed to be over the years wondering at what it will be capable of, it still is amazing and ahead of its time. It was very easy to set up. Just plug it in and go through a little tutorial. The device calibrated itself and I was somewhat mesmerized by the process, so it did not seem long. I started playing Kinect Adventures and had a tough time stopping, because the experience was so new. The game was childish, but it was fun and surprising to have it take my picture throughout and then upload them to the kinectshare.com website. I justified my purchase by being one of the workout games. I can't remember the title, but the game scanned my body and then gave my measurements. It guessed my weight and was off only by a few pounds. It had me in the routine doing routines with the trainer. I was amazed at the responsiveness. Developers are going to create insane programs in the years to come. I also bought the Dance game. Wow that was fun. Embarrassing for me, but fun. The game had me learning dance moves and being coached by a very funny dancer. And it was a workout. That will be a very fun party game. You can't control all of the dashboard with Kinect, only the Kinect Hub. I can't figure out how to run Netflix with it. In fact, I think it only works with Zune, which is in the Kinect Hub. I know that had videos of someone in a couch flipping through movies with their hand. It does not work like that, but maybe it will with an update. One other annoying thing, is if you sit on your couch, the camera adjusts and points down. No problem. But when I stand up, it does not seem to re-adjust easily. Perhaps another update, no big deal. I do want to mention that the Kinect videos of the past seem to show features that don;t exist. Maybe they were considerations. But to me, the whole thing seemed to be too forward thinking. I never thought that they could deliver on everything anyway. And for only $149!!! I mean, it's incredible that it is this cheap. So it doesn't bother me that some things seem to be missing. This delivers in a huge way anyway. Bottom line, this device is amazing and will open the door to a host of new ideas once all the developers get on board. Huge wow factor!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beats all other consoles... period

    Posted
    daverit40

    Now, before you roll your eyes and label me an "xBox fanboy" or something like that, just know that I own BOTH the 360 and the ps3, along with their motion devices, and I've played enough Wii to be able to comment objectively. In my opinion, Microsoft has (for the first time) exceeded my expectations with the Kinect. The way they have incorporated the Kinect into the user's overall gaming experience is very convenient and nearly flawless. Its very much a device that enhances family fun and encourages group participation, and the software they've designed for it is both intuitive and cutting edge for consumers. Odds are though, you're probably reading this review to hear why I think it beats all other consoles. Truth is, the ps Move is superior in that it has a true 1:1 movement correlation. But this is only an advantage when the game developers take advantage of it in a way that makes the game more fun, or more realistic. This is most clearly seen in the multi-sports game they released when it launched... the ping pong game is as close to reality as it gets, and great fun too. However, unlike the Kinect, the Move cannot read your whole body, requires the use of a controller at all times, requires perfect lighting conditions, and the camera (ps eye) is very poor quality. The game selection/quality is also pretty shoddy. The Kinect on the other hand, does a great (but not flawless) job of viewing the entire body, knows who the user is at all times just by looking at you, is intuitive enough that my 5 year old can use it (with no problems), has a great game selection, and best of all, the camera works in all types of lighting conditions. We have it set up in our basement, and we often dim the lights very low... for the ps Move, this is unacceptable, but the Kinect employs some variant of IR scanning and is not dependent on the visible spectrum of light to detect motion and body parts. The quality of the pictures it takes are stunning as well in comparison. With full body detection, every movement and gesture has potential meaning. Dance games are absolutely epic! You can't cheat by just waving 2 wands around, you have to maintain the correct posture, movements, and timing from head to toe. Sports games are fun, and although hand gestures are not as mathematically precise as they are with the Move, try playing soccer with the move and see how well that works out for you. Hardly a deal breaker in my opinion. It may not be able to replace controllers across all genres of play (FPS for instance) but then again, it doesn't need to. The primary motive for motion-controlled devices is to get the user to physically interact with a game and experience a physical fitness benefit of some sort as a result. There is no device better suited for this purpose than the Kinect. FYI: Microsoft recently released a patch for the 360 which overhauled the game's user navigation environment to be completely integrated with Kinect. So you can now do anything you want at the wave of your hand, the sound of your voice, or, if you're ol' school, you can use your controller :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An Accessory that is a step in the right direction

    Posted
    PoLaRiS120

    First off, this is an accessory. It is not a stand alone system. It was not meant to change the landscape of the 360. This is an accessory in every sense of the word. Kinect was created to compete with the casual gamer audience that Nintendo has had a monopoly on since the release of the Nintendo Wii and to compete against the launch of the Playstation Move which occurred a month and a half ago. Having said that, Kinect is a very cool piece of technology. Kinect in essence is a camera with a built in microphone that tracks your movements. No controllers are used with the technology aside from the use of your body to control the action on screen. From my experience with the device, it is very accurate. There may on occasion be a slight delay in the responsiveness of the device; however, it is difficult to notice. In my experience, it is far more reliable than the wii with being able to map your movements, and the sensor is far more capable of keeping track of your actions. Kinect is not meant for the hardcore gamer. It is designed for a casual audience. A hardcore gamer can find enjoyment in the device, but in all likelihood for that audience this will primarily be used to navigate menus and to entertain friends and family. What I like about Kinect is that it provides Microsoft with the opportunity to bridge the gap between hardcore and casual gamers. My greatest issue with the Wii is that Nintendo has either failed to realize or doesn't care about the fact that not every game released has to incorporate motion controls. Kinect provides Xbox owners with the option to incorporate motion controlled gaming into their xbox experience. If your not a fan of the Wii, then chances are this is not the accessory for you. If you are a fan of the Wii, then this is definitely something you should consider purchasing. WARNING: If you do not have adequate space to make use of the device (6 feet area between you and the tv for an individual player and 6 feet surrounding/8 feet if your playing with a friend) This is by far the biggest drawback to the accessory. If you live in a small apartment or are living in college housing, then you probably won't be able to get the most out of the device. This device seems ideally situated for the living room after moving the coffee table out of the way. In terms of competing with the Wii, I think Kinect has the best chance to eat into Nintendo's market share over the Playstation Move.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I'm impressed!

    Posted
    Iliketoplaygames

    Yup I'm impressed by the Kinect. I've had this for about over a week now and I must say this thing is pretty awesome. I was a little worried at first at how this thing would work without having a controller. But as their ad slogan says "you are the controller." It does a pretty good job at sensing where your hands, head, feet and body are. I would say I do build up a sweat moving around playing Kinect Adventures; it's kinda a cool game. I also picked up Dance Central and Your Shape to play with the Kinect and they work well together. Dance Central is addicting, like any other music genre game I suppose. Of course the down side of the Kinect is trying to make room for the play area. In my small little studio apartment I rearranged my stuff and furniture to accommodate for this peripheral. I never had to do this playing with my Wii or the PS Move. I moved stuff around to where I thought I had a lot of play area (just as much to how far back to where the people in the commercials were) but unfortunately I'm still just stuck in the "Good" area where one player at a time; as opposed to being in the "Better" area where two people can stand next to each other at a time. Me being in the "Good" area isn't bad, but only one player at a time the game tells me. It still senses me just fine where I am in the "good" area so I'm happy. (Getting the tv mount only killed about a foot or so, so I really didn't think it made any difference.) The microphone feature is pretty cool. I can say "Xbox" and the Xbox will ask me on screen what do I want to do. I do wish they integrated the Kinect more with the dashboard. So far it works by going to the "Kinect hub" and then you can use gestures and what not. Maybe in future updates I suppose. Anyways I think the Kinect is cool and I recommend this to casual gamers or anyone with kids. Hardcore gamers can pass on this for now.... We'll see after a month if the fun factor is still there or if its going to collect dust like my Wii or now like my Move; (this all depends on the kind of games that come out for it). But hey at least you can use it for Last.fm or video conferencing or whatever. Oh, I do worry a little about Big Bro M$ watching me play games though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!!!!

    Posted
    Nahgaem

    I waited to buy this during the holiday return period so I could have a bit longer to test it out. Well I opened it up and CAN'T STOP PLAYING!!! This thing is seriously addicting. My jaw was on the floor when I saw the Kinect sensor adjust iteself when my boyfriend stepped in to play a game with me. You can even set up your Kinect to recognize your face so when it sees you it signs in to your Xbox profile. If you're playing a game and step-out it will take your Xbox Avatar off screen. If you replace someone in a game when it sees your face it will change to your avatar. After you finish a level or short game the Kinect has a couple of snapshots or video of you (or your friends if you're playing with someone). They're hillarious and uploadable. The Kinect Adventure game that is included with the connect is fun....for about 20 mins..... After hooking it up and playing for an hour I rushed to Best Buy to purchase two more games. I was tempted to call out of work today to stay home and play! You really will get a workout. I woke up with sore shoulder and calves. As for the space issue, I was able to play on my own with 5 1/2 feet of space. I moved my couch and played in about 6 1/2 feet of space with my boyfriend (we were in the "better" play, not the "good"). You will need to make sure you have good lighting in the room you're playing. If you're skeptical I recommend buying it and testing it out. Anything purchased after Nov 1st qualifes for a holiday return (January something) so you can test it out. I guarantee you'll end up keeping it and rushing out to buy more games!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Definitely not a "Wii Killer" - don't rush to buy!

    Posted
    ScootFla

    I've seen a lot of positive reviews by people who have used Kinect. I've used it and while and it works well if you have a nice sized living room and you and your friends don't mind playing games where you take turns. Yet with the lack of games available and other issues I explain below, there's not enough value to spend over $100 on the system yet. I am someone who wasted money on the Sega 32x many years ago (which also had very few games). I have learned there's no harm in waiting when it comes to new technology with video game systems. I encourage others to do the same with Kinect. I've played Kinect first at Best Buy. It must have been setup terribly because while watching others try to move their animal counterparts, the character on the screen was just standing there. I was able to get my arms to move, but to do so, I had to actually step out of the area Best Buy had zoned for the Kinect. I didn't have measuring tape with me, but it had to be about 8 to 9 feet away. Then I played the system at a friend's house a few weeks later just after Christmas 2010. His fiancee had bought him Kinect Sports and in this case, the setup was much better. This time I was playing around 6 feet away (my friend has a large living room, so they didn't even have to move furniture around like I heard others having to do). I was waiting to play a game with 4 players at one time like you can do on the Wii. I thought I was misinformed by my friend that Kinect doesn't allow this. How could a "Wii Killer" not allow 4 players at once? With the Wii, you can have 4 players at one time playing tennis or Wii Party. If you can't with Kinect, its value as a party game goes WAY downhill with my family because it's all about competing together with the video games we play. And the lack of games available for Kinect is astoundlingly low. The Wii had dozens of games within the first couple of weeks. Kinect has been out for two months and has about 12 games (as of 1/5/11) for you to choose from. Maybe game developers are noticing the limitations on Kinect also. If you want to sit down playing Kinect because of any physical ailments (or maybe you're just tired), then stick with the Wii because Kinect doesn't like its users to be sitting. You may be able to get by depending on where you're sitting and which game you're playing, but the system was not designed for those who can't stand when playing. Lastly, if you like playing games on the Wii like Frisbee golf (or just golf), then you'll have to wait because these games aren't available on Kinect. Kinect has a lot of promise - especially if you have the living room large enough to enjoy the system...but there's no reason for you to rush to get one until some new games and hopeful updates for accessibility (and lag, from what I've heard) issues are released. I think the only reason someone should get Kinect now are those who have a phobia against using controllers. That's the only value I see.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    See it for what its worth.

    Posted
    CBar72

    First and foremost, a word to the "hard core" gamers...the Kinect is NOT for you. Microsoft never even gave you a second thought when developing this. It was developed for casual gamers, social gamers (you know, people with ACTUAL friends), and the young and old alike. So please stop bashing a product that was never created for you...just go back into your parents basement, crack open another Mountain Dew, put in Call of Duty, and keep dreaming of the day you lose your virginity (soooo sad!). Now the review. If you buy this thinking it will revolutionize your gaming experience, your going to be let down a bit. It is a fun concept and the game play in the included Kinect Adventures is easy to set up and easy to play, but that being said, at this point in the technology, your fairly limited to left, right, up, and down. Don't get me wrong, its pretty cool to play a game with no controller, but you can't do anything complex without a controller. I haven't noticed a problem with lag time and my wife and 2 kids had no problem with being recognized by the system. Here are the 2 biggest problems...if someone walks in between you and the Kinect, it will get confused and pause. The bigger problem is room size. Please heed this warning...you have to have a large enough room (at least 6 to 8 feet of room between the Kinect and your play area). It will not work properly without the room to scan. In conclusion, its a cool toy and definitly original in that fact you don't need a contoller. If you like the easier family friendly gameplay of the Wii, give it try. Hopefully, with future releases, it can become a little more submersive for the player.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good addition to the 360

    Posted
    fargofar

    I just got this in the mail today, from Best Buy, and set it up. It was so easy. I have the old 360 so I had to plug it in the wall also. No big deal. I do suggest you calibrate it right after you perform the initial setup. Not that hard. Oh and setup up your facial recognition right away too. Also not hard, but time consuming. So far I only have the game it comes with. I have to say it is fun to play. I have the Wii , it is fun also, and I love the idea of no controllers to worry about. For some of you people calling this a bad Wii copy, you need to look at the PS3 Eye.I do think it is a great gaming system. It is a bad Wii copy. The Kinect while does give you motion sensing tech there is no controller except you. Are you too lazy to play? I have to say that for the price I am disappointed in the camera quality. 1megapixil. Seriously. $150 and all I get is 1mp. Their are HD quality usb cameras that perform 30fps for your PC for half that price. I am not saying I want 1080p but lets be real people, 1mp cameras were top-of-line 15 years ago. $80 gets you 10mp cameras. I also wish that you could use it to navigate the main dashboard. Using it in other programs would be nice like Netflix. Other games would be nice. I know, the software has to be written to support it, and it would take to much time and money to make every game work with it. Hence the word "wish. I haven't played with it much yet, but I do like what I have done with it so far. This is something that has long since been coming. I for one am glad it is finally here. I intend to use it to it fullest potential. I feel Microsoft really out did themselves with this. I can only hope that game manufacturers take advantage of it as well. It would be interesting if someone could develop a first-person shooter, like "Black Ops", to work with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great toy for the family

    Posted
    GamerMCC

    I bought the Kinect when it first came out--in order to "test" it out before I bought another one for my other 360. Set up was a breeze. It consisted off plugging in the USB adapter--and finding a secure place to set it up. Voice commands seems sketchy right now. I have been messing around with it. It works about 40% of the time. The kinect dashboard is intuitive and easy to use. Using your hand to navigate is very accurate so far. Kind of cool to sit on the couch and just flip through screens with only my hand. I feel that currently--this is best for the casual gamer--or the hardcore that wants a break from COD-Reach-As. Creed etc... The games available are fun and accurate enough. We have played through Adventures--and tried the Joyride and Dance Central demos. The Kinect is easy enough for my 3 kids (1st/2nd/4th grade) to navigate and use. Which may puot the 360 above the Wii in terms of young kid-friendly systems. The facial recognition works well also. The Kinect accurately tracked and recognized which one of my 3 kids was playing at any time. And trust me--they kept switching around when playing. One thing that has been mentioned before is space and lighting. While lighting does not seem to be an issue--Our gaming area jsut barely meet sthe 8' suggested space. I did try moving the camera from 2' above the floor to 5 1/2' but it does not seem to make a difference. In fact--IMO it does to read my kids as accurately at the higher level. Overall--I feel that this is one controller that is not a gimmick. It pretty much does what itadvertises--If Microsoft updates the dashboard to include Netflix --and more games come out to utilize more of the Kinect's potential--this would be well worth the cost. However--if all you use the 360 for are FPS games and/or have no desire to play something that forces you to get up and be physical--I would not put the Kinect at the top of my list.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Totally Blow away by this thing

    Posted
    XboxGURU

    I was very hesitant to buy this product and actually walked away from it the first time I saw it in BestBuy. After reading a bunch a reviews online about how you needed a "Bachelors degree" to set the thing up and calibrate it and listening to my friend talk about how its really hit and miss on the games picking up your movements consistently I really wanted to wait and put off buying a Kinect until microsoft updated the software. Well I went back to best buy that night and bought it anyways. Setting it up was very easy. I have a Xbox S and there is only one cord that you need to hook up. It comes with the power adapter if you have a regular xbox 360 so you would just have to plug in one more cord. Once plugged in and turned on you'll have to download the updates and restart the xbox. After that you can choose to calibrate it but we just put in the game it comes with and started playing right away. No calibration needed. This thing is amazing! it tracks so well and even recognizes people very well. To demonstrate I was playing with my brother who looks the same as me and we were actually wearing the same color clothes too. It picked us apart no problem. We did do the calibration just to see what it entails and its very simple and fast. My only complaints about this system which can be ironed out with patches was the voice commands don't work once you start playing a DVD. I believe right now it only works in Zune.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Greatest Gaming Achievement to Date

    Posted
    Dieselpower7926

    Getting tired of all the microsoft haters that won't admit this is the greatest and most innovative technological advancement in gaming so far. As far as I'm concerned, I think the $150 price tag is a bargain. The possibilities with this technology are endless, and it's gonna blow away anything sony or nintendo can put up. It's a great investment for everyone from hardcore gamers to entry level and family gamers. Sure it won't entirely replace the analog controller, at least for now, but it's an excellent supplement to any entertainment system. Someone mentioned that they can't play on the couch if they get tired...if you get tired from standing in the middle of the room and throwing a few jabs into the air, or moving your feet a bit, then you really need to hit the gym. And as far as the people who don't have room to move around, that's your problem, it doesn't affect the overall quality of the system. Currently sony and nintendo are still developing and improving current gen technology, this is an entirely new generation of gaming. A must buy for 360 owners

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Neat gadget. Wii killer

    Posted
    Joeker74

    have owned kinect for about a month and so far i am enjoying it. no complaints about item itself but buyer beware of the games for this device. do research, most of the games released with it do not do any justice for it. kinect adventures is fun and and responds well, kinect sports is totally awesome. i also own fighters uncaged its ok but u will need patience, game party in motion has good games but very frustrating as response is horrible do not recommend even a little. motions sports same poor results. and biggest loser is just annoying, the last 3 games seemed rushed and unfinished. xbox magazine was very acurate on thier reviews of release games. felt like a waste of money until i realized the games were ruining the experience not the kinect, since i purchased kinect sports i have gone out of my way every day to play it and love it and dont feel like the kinect was a waste of money. there is alot of potential but only if game devs take it serious otherwise i feel its gonna be another novelty item like the vision camera. like i said research the games or you will be disappointed with kinect they make the difference. like it much better than Wii more natural. i owned a Wii for about 3 weeks and sold it, Kinect is gonna stomp it if they get the games behind it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT!!! We need more capabilities

    Posted
    FutureTechnology

    Capabilities(4 out of 5): There is not a rating for this but I decided to include other thoughts on this soon to be masterpiece. After watching many of the commercials and previews on this I thought everything would be total hand-free on the dashboard. Although its not a big problem it did leave me a bit bummed, seeing how i have Xbox Live with a Netflix subscription I thought I could scroll through the dashboard and click on any tab on the dashboard but they don't give you that option. Its voice commanded so you have to say "XBOX" then it will pull up the tabs the you can use the Kinect sensor for. All the games that are made for Kinect are completely hands-free, you can also use your controller if you would rather not use the hands-free option. Whats cute about the Kinect is for it to know that you would like to use the hands-free option, you have to give it a little wave then a hand will pop up on the screen. Also the video chat is superb, when my friend asked if i would like to video chat I didn't have high expectations for the video chat option but when I started, the camera was following my every movement. It even zooms in on you so your friend on the other side of video chat can see you perfectly, as you can see them. My friend has told me that there will be a game coming out for Gran Turismo(Racing Game) on the Kinect. Also the reason for there not being so many capabilities is because Xbox cannot release an update for all of it at once or else Xbox's server will crash because of all the people updating it. So they are releasing a little bit at a time which is also a plus to us so they can improve what they missed while running test. I would recommend Kinect Sports, Dance Central and Kinectimals for the younger ones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Writing a review AFTER actually trying it!

    Posted
    paula3boys

    I don't get why so many people review this when they haven't even personally tried it at all. That is just insane. Then I don't get why some write negatives about it because they are hardcore gamers expecting something hardcore about the Kinect. I believe the Kinect was created to compete with the Wii and Playstation. Microsoft wants the Xbox to be the ONE console that a FAMILY needs, whether it be young children playing, teens, hardcore gamers, or parents using it for workouts. My boys and I tried this at a demo day. I thought it was great personally. It seemed pretty easy to use and it was nice to play without holding controllers. My boys played the bowling game and dancing on it. We are excited about getting this on Thursday. I googled reviews online for this and was surprised that so many have written negative reviews when they haven't played it or based on the games available for it. The Kinect is not made for a way to play Call of Duty people! Get a grip!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best Motion Game Ever

    Posted
    IANfromMD

    So people are saying this has already been done by saying The PS2 Eyetoy is the same thing. The eyetoy is like that computer webcam effect where it snows and lands on random edges and if you move the snow will fall again. Eye Toy is 2D and not like Kinect at all. Kinect is A 3D tracking device, it has 2 cameras, and a depth perception scanner. This is way better than the Wii because the Wii is a flick in the rist controller, pre-made motions, and it was cool...for 2007. The PS3 Move is still better than the Wii but not better than Kinect. The PS3 move is not pre made movments but still requires a controller. I was really skeptic about Kinect on how it was going to work but then i said "First off why would they do another Eyetoy?" "Why is there so much hype if it sucks?". I got it at midnight release and came home and I was astonished. It litterally tracks all your moves. If you start dancing it will start dancing. There is a VERY VERY VERY slight delay most people dont even notice. So if you dont have enough space in your house or atticuite lighting dont buy this. It is very easy set up and it is one of funnest games i have ever bought (Yes I had a Wii and got so bored with the pre-made motions i sold it....) So seriously do not judge if you have never played.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Full Body Experience

    Posted
    S0ulRebel

    I am a big gamer and I love kinect. Its so much different than whats out there. I tried PS move and thought to myself i have done this before with the wii. Dont get me wrong if I owned a PS3 I would have move. The kinect gets you off your couch and moving. You use your whole body instead of just swinging your arms. You will need some space cause your gonna be moving all around. The lag that people are reporting is small and doesnt hinder gameplay. You just have to understand what your getting into. Your not gonna be playing Halo Reach on this. Kinect is introducing a new genre of games( Full Body Gameplay). The only thing Lacking is content and games. Seems to me the pushed it out without updating everything on XBox Live. You can control last.fm and zune but not Netflix but im sure a whole slew of updates will becoming in the next few months along with some killer games. So if you want to just sit with controller in your hands dont get this its not for you. If you want to get up and have fun with the family or friends this is a must have. After playing you see the potential and good the future of kinect looks.

    I would recommend this to a friend